Best Rugged Smartphone: Chinavasion’s Top 10

Author Chinavasion Marketing 1.8.2014. | 16:05

Rugged cell phones are on the increase because they come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and include certain features that you are familiar with on standard phones as well as extra features that you may not have encountered before. The following is a list of the top 10 rugged phones that includes brand and non-brands so you can decide which is the most rugged cell phone on the market.



Up first is a real winning choice and that is the i3 model made by iMAN. This ruggedized phone incorporates style with the tough exterior as well as implementing many smartphone features such as an Android operating system. Many rugged mobile phones have IP ratings and this one boasts one of the best ratings around with an IP68 rating meaning it can handle longer durations underwater without problems. Also many tough phones have thick exterior but this one is only 13mm thick so it won’t weigh you down.


At a Glance…

  • iMAN i3 Wireless Charging Rugged Smartphone
  • Quad Core CPU
  • IP68 Waterproof Rating
  • 13MP Rear Camera
  • Smart-Touch
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM



Well protected against shocks, drops, dust and water, this 4.3 Inch Android rugged phone is a breed of its own and can take a serious beating and still function afterwards. Known as the ‘Cryborg’ this phone has an interesting feature that you won’t get on regular smartphones as well as some touch cell phones. This feature is the Walkie Talkie function, so you can communicate with others as it has a range of up to 5KM when using the included antenna. This phone is all man with a thick exterior and great functionality.


At a Glance…

  • Rugged Android 4.2 Phone
  • IP67 Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof
  • Walkie Talkie Function
  • 4.3 Inch Gorilla Glass Screen
  • 1.2GHz Quad Core CPU
  • 8MP Rear Camera
  • GPS



Charging into the number 3rd spot is this rugged Android phone that is know as the ‘Ox’. This phone has an interesting couple of features and is more like a high end branded smartphone as it makes use of near field communication to keep up with the times and bringing ease and convenience to the user. Also it supports on-the-go (Also known as OTG) compatible technology so you can connect a USB pen or a mouse pad. Plus it still maintains its ruggedness with an IP68 waterproof and dust proof rating.

At a Glance…

  • Rugged Smartphone
  • Android Operating System
  • 4.3 Inch Display
  • Quad Core CPU
  • IP68 Waterproof + Dust Proof Rating
  • Shockproof
  • NFC
  • 3000mAh Battery Capacity



Sitting in 4th place is this rugged mobile phone that required no gimmick. Straight to the point it is tough and comes with an array of features that even the most expensive phones on the high street would fear as well as the ability of being able to get wet and receive a few knocks. Not just the sides and base of this phone are strong but the screen is no softy either as it uses Gorilla Glass technology as well being a 5 point multi-touch display that offers a modest 960×540 resolution that is more than enough for enough watching videos.

At a Glance…

  • Rugged 4.3 Inch Android Smartphone
  • Gorilla Glass Screen
  • Quad Core CPU
  • NFC
  • IP67 Waterproof Rating



Boasting a military gimmick, this phone is called the ‘Lieutenant’ and can be identified as it has a cool camouflage pattern exterior that really enhances the appearance plus its rugged exterior ensures this phones performs like a soldier as it can get wet, dirty and withstand a few knocks. It has less features than other expensive models but still has an Android operating system as well as the ability to support two separate SIM cards.
At a Glance…

  • Ruggedized 3.5 Inch Phone
  • Android Operating System
  • Dual Core CPU
  • Waterproof
  • Shockproof
  • Dust Proof



The ZGPAX S9 is another rugged Android smartphone that’s combines a lot of functionality as well as the ultra-ruggedness that makes these types of phones famous. Designed for all occasions, the S9 comes equipped with a built-in GPS and compass to assist you when driving or locating way points and due to the built-in red laser pointer, the phone can also be used during meetings and presentations.

At a Glance…

  • Rugged Android Phone
  • IP67 Waterproof and Dustproof
  • Android 4.2
  • 4.5 Inch Screen
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Laser Pointer



Don’t burst your bank account when it comes to getting a rugged phone with Android as the MANN A18 is the wholesale solution. This phone is all that you really need for the great outdoors as it has a moderate processor that can deal with the tasks in addition to a superb IP68 rating. This phone wouldn’t be complete without a built-in GPS that gives you the exact coordinates of your location. The MANN A18 will come in handy when hiking or skiing off-track and it will even guide you to your destination without any further delay.

At a Glance…

  • IP68 Rugged Android Phone
  • Snapdragon Dual Core CPU
  • 4 Inch Screen
  • 5MP Camera
  • 4GB Memory



Now let’s put the touch screen away and go to the more convenience or old school keypad that also helps increase the safety of the phone. Maybe the Jinhan A81 is the most perfectly designed and thought about phone on the market today, and once you have opened it you can instantly see why. A dynamic charger as well as a regular power adapter accompany this rugged phone so you can charge via a power socket or actually hand crank charge the phone yourself eliminating the need for electricity to charge.

At a Glance…

  • Rugged Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof
  • Dust Proof
  • Shockproof



Something for that wild relative who hides out in the woods all weekend, this rugged waterproof phone that is known as the ‘Fortis’ comes with a high waterproof rating of IP67. This rating means that is has absolute protection against dust and the ingress of water in destructive quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure of up 1 meter of submersion. Plus this phone comes with all the Rambo gimmick stuff such as a mountaineering clasp and a magnetic compass

At a Glance…

  • All-Environment Rugged Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof
  • Quad-Band GSM


The last one in this epic list is another phone by MANN and that is the ZUG S. The name may not be the most attractive but it has the build quality to go against the rest even though it is on the short side. With an IP67 rating and the ability to survive a drop, you can rest assure there is a great chance that this phone can live to tell the tale. A extremely practical feature especially for those of us that like venture outdoors is that this tough phone has a 2570mAh battery to provide between 12 to 16 hours of long usage time.

At a Glance…

  • MANN ZUG S Rugged Phone
  • 2 Inch Display
  • IP67 Waterproof + Dust Proof Rating
  • Shockproof
  • 2570mAh Battery

Well there you go. Top 10 phones at Chinavasion that vary in size, features and price but all maintain high quality as they are all made for the job. Visit Chinavasion to see more wholesale rugged phones as well as the ones mentioned above.

Author Chinavasion Marketing 1.8.2014. | 16:05
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